Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai

A sleek beauty near the Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa can be seen from countless directions in Dubai, but there are no more favorable vantage points of the iconic structure than the one from Shangri-La Dubai. Situated just across Sheikh Zayed Road, the 302-room property is afforded unobstructed, bad-picture-proof views of the 2,717-foot landmark.

But if you think that’s the only draw to the 43-floor hotel, you may want to grab a seat in the new-look lobby because things may be even more amazing inside. As Shangri-La is a proud Hong Kong-based brand, there’s an obvious Asian influence in the way the property flows. Still, even as you move about, you never lose sight that you're present in the Middle East (gold chandeliers, ruby accents and a pool area dotted with royal palms).

Seemingly different styles aren’t the only things that harmonize here. The CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La showcases techniques from across the globe to rousing results, while seven dining options have a similar effect on international guests by serving an array of culinary tastes.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Though all 300-plus rooms received a top-to-bottom makeover in 2018, you’ll want a unit that looks toward the Burj Khalifa. If you’re unable to reserve one of those units, Arabian Sea-facing rooms are a tremendous consolation prize.
  • No matter the time or place, every employee — from the concierge offering directions to the nearest souk to the lifeguard at the pool — seems to genuinely care about putting a smile on your face.
  • The fourth-floor CHI, The Spa has a treatment menu filled with local ingredients (Firming Arabic Coffee Scrub) and international techniques (traditional Thai massage).
  • The seven dining options (five restaurants and two bars) range from a great spot for morning coffee (Dunes Café) to an evening of jaw-dropping Cantonese (Shang Palace).
  • At just a 10-minute drive from Dubai Mall and 15 minutes to Dubai International Airport, Shangri-La Dubai couldn’t have a much better location if it tried.

Things to Know
  • Upgrade to a Horizon rooms for great perks like access to a private lounge, where you can enjoy complimentary breakfast and snacks.
  • The Dubai hotel is a favorite of business travelers.
  • Prep for your business meeting by using the hotel's complimentary shoeshine service.

24-hour room service
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 75880, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
DXB (12-18 min)  
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